We interrupt this heated conversation about inconsistency to fill you in on the Rangers part in an off-ice worthy cause.
On Saturday, the Garden will conduct its Garden of Dreams telethon, which will run concurrently with all three games by local teams. Fans can call in to make donations, and those donating a minimum of $100 will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including a day at the MSG Training Center, tickets to a game and a chance to meet various Rangers VIPs, and assorted memorabilia.
First prize is a chance to have an integral role in contract negotiations with Mats Sundin. I’m kidding.
Anyway, the number to call that night for Rangers fans is 212-631-5640. All proceeds will go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which actually does great work for kids in the tri-state area.
One little detail about the meeting Saturday between Glen Sather and Mats Sundin, and I don’t think it’s particularly important, is that Sundin’s agent, J.P. Barry, will not be in attendance, but CAA’s Stockholm-based Claes Elefalk, will be there instead
I’m usually a big fan of ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, who does great work covering the league, and who once lent me a pair of headphones for my tape recorder. But I am dubious of “his report”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3761075 suggesting the Rangers, in an effort to sign Sundin, would trade Michal Rozsival to Dallas in exchange for Sean Avery and then bury Avery in the minors.
For one, look at how he phrases it: “A well-placed hockey industry source told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening there was a rumor percolating that Avery’s old team, the New York Rangers, were interested in dealing defenseman Michal Rozsival and his four-year, $20-million deal to Dallas in exchange for Avery. The source suggested Avery would then be sent to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford in order to free up cap space to allow the Rangers to make a serious run at unrestricted free agent Mats Sundin.”
A “hockey industry source”? Could that be the guy who sells the Rangers their shin pads? And he talks about a “rumor percolating”? Heck, I could pass along a rumor percolating. We all could.
Like I said, Burnside is usually very good, so it’s certainly possible he knows something I don’t. But right now, that’s not a lot to go on. And this is to say nothing of the fact that the Rangers seem to want nothing to do with Avery, no matter where they would end up putting him.